The Business Technology Consulting Career Path

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If you are interested in business technology consulting for your career you will be happy to know that there is much need for more people in this industry. Many businesses are looking for highly educated people that thrive in a position that is devoted to paying attention to detail and being incredibly analytical.

What is a Business Consultant?

So, what does this position entail and are you cut out for it?  This particular type of consultant will provide analysis and solutions to problems companies have. This will help them with developing or even updating their various systems whether it is communications, software systems, or data. Upgrading these systems can help improve efficiency which leads to their profits going higher and their workloads being completed in shorter time periods due to the lack of problems or lags.

This is a much appreciated career path, because most businesses have their entire platform built around technology. If you are competent and have the drive to provide these services reliably, you will find that this is an incredibly lucrative position. Plus, you will feel good knowing that you are doing your best to help a business that more than likely provides good services to other people.

Specific vs General Business Consulting

Think about whether you are going to want to provide generalized consulting or provide something that is more specialized. Do you have a preference of systems that you enjoy working with? Or do you love them all? By specializing in multiple systems, you will open yourself up to being able to do more work. This could help you to make more money.  Once you have decided what you want to specialize in, should you want to, you should then consider what kind of education you are going to approach.


IT business consultants are usually coming from executive positions in information systems management. The education that is necessary would be completion of at least a bachelor’s in computer sciences, business, and/or information technology. Master degrees can really increase the chances of success in finding positions in this field. One must concentrate on courses that cover system analysis, information management, and computer programming languages. This is so that they have the knowledge and complete understanding that is needed for this job.

Consider Certification

Though not typically mandatory, professional certifications and remaining certified will let potential employers know that you are up to date as the technological world advances. You will show that you are current and interested in remaining as such. Does this sound like something that is interesting to you? The next step for you would be acquiring the education and experience to get to this point.

Schools that have IT programs are everywhere, so you must do the proper research to find what program would be most suitable for you and your goals. There are both online and brick and mortar options. It may be best to go to a school that is not online or at least also has the option to go in to speak to your instructors when you need help understanding more complicated computer languages.

This is a guest post.  Daniel Ruyter is a small business web and ecommerce consultant and wrote this piece for dinaliC.com.

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